Sir Tom Stoppard, OM, CBE

Writer

Sir Tom Stoppard fled his home in Czechoslovakia as a child in the shadow of the imminent Nazi occupation. His father later died in the conflict and when his mother remarried, his stepfather insisted that the family’s Judaism be kept secret. The rebranded Stoppard left school at 17 and began work as a journalist for a Bristol paper, becoming a drama critic. This interest moved Stoppard towards theatre where he found his true calling as a writer. His absurdist tour de force Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead turned the striving dramatist into a sensation overnight and he has since created masterpieces including Jumpers, Arcadia and Oscar-winning film Shakespeare in Love. He is one of the most internationally performed dramatists of his generation.

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